Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

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Jonathan Harris' new edition of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, Constantinople, provides an updated and extended introduction to the history of Byzantium and its capital city. Accessible and engaging, the book breaks new ground by exploring Constantinople's mystical dimensions and examining the relationship between the spiritual and political in the city.

This second edition includes a range of new material, such as:

* Historiographical updates reflecting recently published work in the field
* Detailed coverage of archaeological developments relating to Byzantine Constantinople
* Extra chapters on the 14th century and social `outsiders' in the city
* More on the city as a centre of learning; the development of Galata/Pera; charitable hospitals; religious processions and festivals; the lives of ordinary people; and the Crusades
* Source translation textboxes, new maps and images, a timeline and a list of emperors

It is an important volume for anyone wanting to know more about the history of the Byzantine Empire.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 461g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 6 Maps
  • 1474254640
  • 9781474254649
  • 58,935

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Text Boxes
List of Maps
1. City of Wonders
2. Founding Fathers
3. The God-Guarded City
4. Palaces and Power
5. Churches and Monasteries
6. `Two Thirds of the Wealth of this World'
7. Democracy
8. Outsiders
9. The Latin Interlude
10. Indian Summer
11. The Ruin of Byzantine Constantinople
12. Byzantine Constantinople today
List of Emperors
Further Reading
Web links
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Review quote

With this new edition, Harris has improved on his thoughtful and engaging analysis of the powerful myth of Constantinople, and its evolution over the centuries. The text has been expanded with new sections on women, homosexuals, non-Christians, Latins, and a fuller treatment of Latin rule and the return of Greek rule in the last two and a half centuries. The addition of several primary text boxes is a useful tool for students and general readers alike. * Nancy Bisaha, Professor of History, Vassar College, USA * A new edition of Jonathan Harris's Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium is most welcome. Always one of the most stimulating and attractive introductions to Byzantine history, it has been updated to take advantage of recent advances in scholarship and of exciting new archaeological discoveries made over the past twenty years. These are covered in an exhaustive list of websites, which is a welcome addition to the bibliography. There are many more illustrations now with illuminating commentary. These changes make it even more accessible. * Michael Angold, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh, UK *
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About Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd Ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010).
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